New scheme earmarks rural 'notspots' for superfast broadband

A new scheme will let Brits identify areas that don't have superfast broadband, and hopefully get them connected before long.

If you live in a rural area that doesn't have superfast broadband, here's your chance to make your voice heard and hopefully get faster access. A not-for-profit organisation has set up a scheme that looks to identify rural 'notspots', and hopefully spread the superfast love to areas that are currently being poorly served.

The Independent Networks Cooperative Association (Inca) is the not-for-profit group behind the scheme. It says that often independent operators are better positioned to serve rural communities, rather than the big players like BT and Virgin Media.

Inca welcomes the government's recent investment in rural broadband, but says it needs to look beyond the big ISPs to the grass roots level.

"Further government funding to extend superfast broadband into the hardest to reach areas is very welcome," David Cullen, chair of Inca and a director of the ITS Technology Group, said in a statement. "There are many companies and community projects eager to get involved and help deliver a truly world-class digital infrastructure for the whole of the UK.

"The Notspot Registration Scheme will identify pockets of pent-up demand, helping private sector providers and local councils direct their efforts to best effect."

You can register info about your area on Inca's website.

Organisations like Gigaclear have helped spread superfast broadband to rural areas. After the government snubbed one village in Oxfordshire, Gigaclear stepped in and hooked it up with a 1,000Mb connection.

Just before Christmas, Super Switch On Day saw BT connect more rural areas including the Cotswolds, Wiltshire, and Hampshire. 70,000 Devon and Somerset homes are set to get superfast speeds this summer too, thanks to a partnership between BT and the Connecting Devon and Somerset project.

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